Friday, August 24, 2018
Fact Friday: Made for Each Other: why dogs and people are perfect partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Made for Each Other: why dogs and people are perfect partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. 61 p. Crown Books for Young Readers/ Random House Children's Books, January, 2018. 9781101931042. (Review of purchased copy)
This book amps up the "aw" factor with copious full-color photos of a variety of dogs and the humans who love, care and work with them on the front cover, the back cover and at least one on every single page. There are words too, but the photos really command attention.
The author explains the history of how dogs may have been domesticated; the differences between wolves and dogs; and how dogs learn simply and accessibly. There's a section devoted to explaining a dog's devotion and apparent intelligence and a section explaining how they share our lives. The pages are attractively designed with colorful edging and fonts as well as the many photos, most of which are well-captioned.
Backmatter includes suggested books, websites and videos as well as source notes for each chapter, additional sources, photo credits and an index.
This won't sit on the shelf, especially if it is displayed prominently. It should be useful for tween research whether for school or for trying to convince parents that it's time to add a furry family member.